Every spring, with the arrival of proms and graduations, high schools across Oklahoma focus their attention on drunk driving prevention. Organizations such as Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) conduct assemblies and programs outlining the devastating consequences that can occur as a result of drinking and driving.
Most of these programs highlight emotional stories of tragic and fatal drunk driving accidents. Few of them, however, focus on the legal aspects of a DUI conviction or inform these young drivers that even one drink before driving can lead to a conviction for driving under the influence.
Most people realize that a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 is the standard for intoxication in all 50 states, and assume that if they have had very little to drink, their BAC is below the legal limit. Many people do not realize, however, that Oklahoma also allows for DUI and DWI convictions with a BAC of below .08.
For example, Oklahoma has zero tolerance for those under the legal drinking age who drink and drive. A BAC as low as .02 can net a DUI conviction in a driver under the age of 21. Additionally, commercial drivers can be convicted of DUI with a BAC below .08. Finally, a driver can be charged with Oklahoma DWI (Driving While Impaired) even if tests show that his or her BAC is below .08. An earlier post describes what to do if you are arrested for DUI or DWI in Oklahoma City.
If you are arrested, it is important to note that you have only 15 days to request a hearing, or your license will be automatically suspended, and the suspension cannot be lifted. For this reason, it is imperative to immediately contact an Oklahoma City DUI lawyer with a proven record of successful DUI defense. A DUI defense attorney will evaluate the circumstances surrounding your arrest, including analysis of sobriety tests and police procedures, to ensure that your Constitutional rights are protected.